Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:04/3/2014 
Constituent Institution:Western Carolina University 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Business Administration and Management, General 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:52.0201  
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Business Administration and Law 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:B.S.B.A.  
Date of Initiation:04/3/2014 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?online instruction (internet) 
If "no," list proposed sites. 
If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):n/a 

SACS/COC substantive change questions (1=Procedure One; 2=Procedure Two)

Site-based (where the instructor is present):

Is the institution initiating instruction where the student may earn more than 25% and less than 50% of credits toward a degree at a site 30 miles or more from the campus? (2) NO 
Is the institution initiating an (additional) off-campus site at which students may earn at least 50% of an educational program? (1) NO 
Is the institution adding significantly different degree programs at a currently approved site? (2) NO 
Distance learning (where instructor and student are geographically separated):
Is the institution offering its first credit courses via technology-based instruction by which students can obtain at least 25% of credits toward a degree program? (2) NO 
Is the institution expanding a previously reported program from less than 50% of credits to 50% or more of a degree program? (2) NO 
Is the institution adding a significantly different program from previously reported programs offered via technology-based instruction? (2) NO 
Does this action constitute a substantive change? If so, by what date should SACS be notified?  
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.

The Business Administration and Law program, which offers a B.S.B.A. degree, is unique in the UNC system and is the only program of its kind east of the Mississippi.  Through an academically distinctive education in business with an emphasis on the legal environment in which businesses function, the program produces professional graduates who possess a solid background in business as well as the foundation for continued study in graduate or professional programs. The program’s Business Ready ® graduates receive a comprehensive and rigorous grounding in business theory and application with an emphasis on the interrelationship of business and law, legal theory, legal research, and the application of law in everyday business decision-making, transactions, and management.  The Business Administrative and Law program opens doors to interesting and promising careers and provides an excellent foundation for further study at the graduate and professional level.

In addition to the residential B.S.B.A. program, the College of Business also offers a minor in Business Law to both online and residential students who are not business majors. In the three years that the minor has been offered, it has been positively received, particularly by distance students.

Expansion of the current B.S.B.A. in Business Administration and Law to add an online degree program will allow the College of Business at Western Carolina University to serve place-bound and working adults who are seeking a baccalaureate degree that will prepare them for a successful business career.

2. Describe the proposed instructional delivery systems (e.g., on-site instruction by faculty, interactive video, Internet, etc.).

The program will be delivered via the Internet using the Western Carolina University- Blackboard platform.

3. Describe need for the program (referencing results of surveys or special studies).

Increasingly, businesses need employees with more law-related expertise and knowledge of legal regulation at the undergraduate level. An understanding of law is essential to competent leadership in that it allows a business manager to understand the consequences of strategic and tactical actions (or lack of action) on personnel and business relationships. Knowledge of business law empowers students to know what steps to take to prevent disputes from arising and to make educated choices about resolving conflict.

The Business Administration and Law B.S.B.A. provides a solid educational foundation for students who wish to go into banking, trust management, investor relations, corporate public relations, insurance, conflict resolution, office management, and non-profit management. Graduates also successfully complete graduate programs in fields such as business administration and economics, as well as law.

The development of an online minor in Business Law came in response to numerous inquiries seeking law-related course offerings across the curriculum. The favorable reception of the online Business Law minor in turn led to inquiries concerning the possibility of an online degree program for place-bound and working adults throughout North Carolina. Additionally, the College of Business has entered into articulation agreements with local community colleges that will allow students an opportunity to transition to the B.S.B.A. in Business Administration and Law upon completion of their Associate of Science degrees. Should the online B.S.B.A. program be established, the College of Business can pursue similar agreements with community colleges across the state.

There are no other UNC institutions that offer a distance Business Administration and Law baccalaureate program, either residential or online.

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:25 
Year 2:35 
Year 3:45 
Year 4:55 
Year 5:60 
his intent to plan a new distance education degree program (or program site) has been reviewed and approved by the appropriate campus committees and authorities.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Contact Name:Dr. A.J. Grube 
Contact Title:Dept. Head, Business Adm & Law and Sport Management